The Missouri Holstein Association hosted its annual State Convention Sale on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Ramada Inn Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, MO. The state convention sale is a culminating event for the association. The presentation of the Futurity awards, Cow of the Year, Junior All-Missouri and All-Missouri awards were also part of the presale festivities. The Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA Dairy Judging Teamsthat qualified to compete in international competition were honored by the association and John Underwood as he presented them with a copy of 100 years of Missouri Holsteins. Several items were auctioned to benefit the team and Missouri juniors before the sale.

Gary Estes served as the auctioneer, with Leroy Wright reading pedigrees for the convention sale that featured 24 lots of live cattle, choices, and embryos. There were an additional 2 lots of donated embryos for the Missouri Juniors. We are all looking at a tough year in the dairy industry. Even though the outlook is dim at times there was active bidding that took place by phone, the internet via CowBuyer, and live at the sale with an overall sale average of $1787 and live lots averaging $1862. Three head sold through online bidding and several other lots had contending online and phone bids.

High seller for the evening was Lot 2 a Solomon March yearling by Regancrest GV Breena back to Barbie from Groves-Vu Farm purchased by College of the Ozarks. Second high seller was a Defiant 4 Yr Old cow from Robthom farm for $3900 that sold to Steve Harre of Illinois.

Robthom donated some embryos out of the Emerald Mark cow benefiting the Missouri Holstein Juniors. These embryos sold for $1750.00 with all of the money benefiting youth programs.

A complete buyers list can be found at the link below.

The averages for the sale are:
Average on live cattle (24) $1863
Average for Choices (1) $3100
Average for Cows (5) $2883
Average for Calves (13) $1372
Average for Yearlings (3) $2416
Average for Springers (2) $2050
Average for Embryos (17) $209 Overall Average including choices and embryo lots $1787 (27)

4-H Youth Auction
Neal Bluel is making sure that wife, Reagan, doesn't bid too much on her favorite item.
Or maybe he is deciding on what he should bid on!

A great crowd was on hand for the 2018 State Convention Sale.

Missouri Dairy Assoc provided a
small meal before the sale.

A personally signed MU Basketball by
coach Cuonzo! What a unique item.

Karla Deaver, 4H Extension
Karla introduced and honored the Missouri 4-H and FFA teams that qualified for international competition.

Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team
John Underwood presented 100 Years of MO Holsteins to: Ellie Wantland, Grant Groves
& Lora Wright, Daryin Sharp (not present).

Missouri FFA Dairy Judging Team
John Underwood presented 100 Years of MO Holsteins to: Sam Masri, Blake Wright
& Lora Wright, Lilly Schmidt (not present).

We couldn't have an auction without Gary.

Shannon Kleiboeker presenting Jr All-MO Awards

Clerking Table
CowBuyer sent their own representative to handle the online bidding and
Jodi Wright and Karla Deaver clerked the sale.


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with this year's sale! An especially big Thank You to Tim Ewing, Jason Ewing and Larry Wright along with the sale committee. Tim and Larry did a great job selecting cattle creating a great sale - Thanks for all of your hard work! Thanks also to the rest of the committee: Jason Ewing, Nelson Hostetler, Brad Groves, and Mike Wilson. An extra special thank you to the great breeders who consigned animals and the buyers who purchased those great animals!

Sale Committee
Back: Doug Thomas and Jason Ewing
Front: Brad Groves, Tim Ewing, Gary Estes, Larry Wright, Not pictured: Nelson Hostetler, Mike Wilson

Click here for a Buyers List

A big THANK YOU to our Sale Sponsors!









Missouri Holstein Association Annual Meeting

President, Brad Groves and Secretary Jodi Wright headed up the annual meeting.

Alfred Brandt gives Finance Report

Tim Ewing
Holstein USA gives state
of the association report.

An eighth year in Springfield, a break from the freezing temperatures contributed to the outstanding turnout we had at this year's Heart of America Expo! There were several meetings going on during the three days and it was enjoyable to see so many gathered to talk and discuss items of business in our industry.
Highlights of the Missouri Holstein Convention are as follows. Or you can click on the link below to read the convention book.

  • Hospitality Room - We once again had a hospitality room hosted by Ed Wittorff Friday afternoon and following the sale. Since we've had this a couple years now, it is getting a little easier to find. It is really wonderful that our association really does enjoy each other's company as they catch up on the past years events. This is a tradition we hope to continue!
  • Tim Ewing, Holstein USA, Holstein USA is doing a feature on RFD tv on February 8 at 9pm CST. 2017 was a record year for registrations. Tim also reminded everyone if you are selling embryos, you can't transfer the flush after calves are born now. You must transfer embryos.
  • Scott Poock shared there are 180 holsteins and 20 guernseys at the MU dairy. The sister to the polled one that sold 2 years ago is also high on the polled list. Ted Probert spoke about cow camp and the success that it has seen. The grazing programs are active and there are opportunities in grazing. Ted also noted that a number have put in compost pack barns. Reagan Bluel shared about the Land Grant Compact (fill out FSA form), where kids can attend a University for Free. Due Feb. 1. Also Women in Dairy starting 3rd year. Hope to go to WDE in October, also just started a FB page.
  • Show / Futurity: Committee recomended that the futurity entries drop the words 'born in MO' and keep that the animal must be bred by a Missouri Holstein member.
  • State Fair: AmyJo Estes gave a report. The fair is going to try and offer a Supreme Heifer class in the youth division this year. They are also planning on offering a commercial heifer class as well. They are finalizing the details on these rules. Probably will be based on weight. Looking at a Thursday show for the commercial class. The state is also going to try and have printouts on the checks to indicate how the payment was derived. Director Chinn is trying to get a statement to be included in the state fair checks. Production awards have to be entered ahead of time. Must be mailed in prior to show. There is a facebook page for exhibitors, please like page. Lots of info shared.
  • Sale: Jason Ewing gave a sale report. The sale was a tough this year, a sign of the expected times ahead. There were some bright spots. There were 36 registered online bidders with 21 that were online during the sale and 9 active bidders with 3 selling online. There was descent support from the state with a good lineup of cattle, the sale was merely a reflection of the milk market for the year. Thank you to Tim Ewing, Larry and all the consignors and buyers. Need higher quality photos early - in mid December. If we can get good photos and videos early possibly doing more video advertising. Averages on 27 total lots (including embryos) 1787. Live lots (24) was 1863. Gross is lower than last year. Thanked Robthom for donating embryos to the MO Juniors, this was very successful again this year.
  • Awards Committee: Roy Parsons stated the committee will come up with a basic form. Thought the Dairy Hall of Honors should be encouraged to have a booth at Heart of America Expo to showcase winners. Also thought there should be some recognition of the dairy judging teams at the Hall. Awards committee encouraged to encourage nominations for Cow of the Year.
  • Field Day: Michael Leinbach of Versailles a possibility for 2018, Wilson Martin, Memphis in 2019.
  • Pulsator: Both color and black and white advertising is now available in the Pulsator Newsletter. A great way to advertise at a very reasonable rate. Next deadline March 1, 2018.
  • New Officers: President: Brad Groves, VP: Tommy Scrivner; Secretary: Jodi Wright; Director at Large: Nelson Hostetler; At Large Board Members: Ryan Bilyeu and Mike Wilson
Junior convention results listed on the Junior Page.

All-Missouri Awards
Presented by Brad Groves and
MO Holstein Princess Lora Wright, Missouri Holstein Miss Kylie Scrivner and V. President Tommy Scrivner

The table ready to give the All-Missouri and Reserve All-Missouri Awards before the sale

Crystal Chamberlin
Receives several All-Missouri awards for 2017

Case Melzer
On hand to receive his All-Missouri and Jr Award this year.

Mi-Wil Farm
Earned several All-Missouri's this year.

Futurity Award
Jessica Gatton receives semen
certificate for 2nd place.

Kylie Scrinver receives chair for
1st place Jr in Futurity

Fun Auction and Awards for Juniors and Adults

Auction Help
Had lots of help with the auction and awards. Kylie Scrivner, Lora Wright, Adeline Dickerson & Monique Turner. Tim Ewing helped read bull pedigrees and president Brad Groves presented awards.

Great turn out for Saturday Lunch

Auction Ladies
Shannon Kleiboeker, Karla Deaver and Judy Thomas run a mean auction and do
a fabulous job keeping things straight. Thank you so much for your help!!

Fair Play FFA Dairy Foods & Products Team
The state winning and 1st place National dairy products judging team was recognized and presented with Holstein 100th Anniversary book at the banuqet by John Underwood.

McKnights Auction Service
Special thanks to Larry & Terry for their auction services! They make a great team!

This year we split up our award presentations between Friday evening and Saturday. We handed out Futurity, Cow of the Year, All-Missouri's and Jr. All-Missouri's at the sale meal on Friday evening. On Saturday we gave Junior Miss, Spring Classic, and Distinguished Junior. Also on Saturday we presented the Adult Distinguished Member award.

We also split up the fun auction into live and silent. Our auction team of Larry & Terry McKnight did an awesome job and we really appreciate their donation of time and talent to our organization! was our live auctioneer and did a great Thank you to all of our area semen companies for supporting the Missouri Holstein Association. Thank you to everyone who helped.

Distinguished Member

2017 Missouri Distinguished Member
The late Jerry King was honored by the association for his time, talents and contribution to Missouri Holstein breeders. Son, Rick King accepts the award on behalf of the family.

40-Year Holstein Members

National Holstein 40-Yr Members
This year the Missouri 40-Year members are Roy & Daisy Parsons, V. President, Tommy Scrivner congratulating them and Mike Wilson (represented by daughter, Shannon)

Hospitality Room

Old Friends
Missouri Holstein members really do love to visit and catch up with each other!

Convention Booklet - 2018

Click on the square in the right corner to view the Catalog in full size. Close window to return to this page.

Convention Booklet PDF: Click on this link to open the Convention Booklet
May take some time to download.

Click below or just sit back and watch as the convention unfolds. Thank you to everyone who participated! Click in right corner to make full screen. Enjoy!


And the Winner Is...

Groves-Vu Dairy (Pulsator December Issue)

Lakeesha's Pulsator Nomination - PDF

2017 Cow of the Year Winner
Brad Groves accepts the 2017 Cow of the Year award. Presented by MO Princess, Lora Wright & Miss, Kylie Scrivner.

Congratulations to the Groves Family


Sponsored by Missouri Dairy Assoc. and Univ of Missouri Extension
February 19 - 23

Program Schedule

9:30 am Registration and Visit Exhibitors
10:00 “Precision Dairy Opportunities and Challenges” Jeffery Bewley
10:45 “Support Calf Immune Response with MULTIMIN® 90” Dan Tracy of Multimin USA
11:30 “Missouri Dairy Association Today and Sponsor Recognition”—Dave Drennan, MDA
Noon Lunch and visit with exhibitors
TMR ration particle size determination done, please bring your TMR samples to the meeting if you want the particle size evaluated.
1:30 pm “Managing Environmental Mastitis"
Dr. John Middleton & Dr. Pamela Adkins, MU
2:00 “Compost Bedded Pack Barn Design and Management” Jeffery Bewley
2:30 “Managing Contagious Mastitis” Dr. John Middleton & Dr. Pamela Adkins, MU
3:15 Adjourn
Registration fee is $20 payable at each location.
Call the office listed below TODAY for lunch reservations.

Feb. 19 FCS Offices (NOTE NEW LOCATION), 2600 S. Limit, Sedalia 65301
Call MU Extention 660-827-0591
Feb. 20 Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield
Call Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161
Feb. 21 MSU State Fruit Research Center, Mountain Grove
Call Ted Probert 417-547-7545
Feb. 22 Cape Girardeau Co. Ext. Office, 684 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson
Call Extension Office 573-243-3581
Feb. 23 Hagie's Nineteen, 618 North Washington, Union
Call Ken Bolte 636-583-5141


Missouri classified in December 2017. Click on the buttons below to view the lists from the state classification. Our next state Classification will be in July.

Highest BAA herds in nation for 2017 released. Congratulations to the large group from Missouri that placed in teh top 25 herds in Region 7 and to College of the Ozarks for Universitites! See below.

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Monett Dairy Day - Feb 8th!

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Holstein America: All-new Television Series Broadcasts Feb. 8 on RFD-TV

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 17, 2018 – It’s a convenience far too easy to take for granted. A quick run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, package of cheese or quart of ice cream. Always available, always fresh.

An entire industry makes that purchase possible — hundreds of thousands of dairy cattle and their caretakers who provide quality products for consumers worldwide.

Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast during the premiere episode of Holstein America, 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8 on RFD-TV. Mark the calendar or set your DVR to record this anticipated television broadcast.

“The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein America series.”

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California’s lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. Meet those who have dedicated their lives to U.S. Registered Holsteins®; each cow an improvement on the past.

“No other breed can do the things that the Holstein breed can do,” Meyer says. “That’s why it’s the world’s perfect cow.”

The iconic, black-and-white Holstein cow provides the world with high-quality, nutritious dairy products that are the cornerstone to most modern diets. Today, the breed accounts for more than 90% of milk production in the United States. Levels made possible thanks to continuous improvements in efficiency and productivity.

Like each distinctive animal, each Registered Holstein operation is unique. Each family motivated by their own goals and aspirations. In Holstein America, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for the Holstein breed of cattle.

A few featured in the upcoming show are:

Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo, Wis., a family operation that’s a key cheese supplier for Whole Foods Market; Maple Grove Farm in Derby, Vt., where a young couple labors long hours together raising Registered Holsteins®; Maddox Dairy near Riverdale, Calif., a large-scale operation at the heart of California’s central valley; Pappy’s Farm, Farr West, Utah, home to a family of Greek immigrants who are living out their American dream; and many more.

Again, join us for Holstein America at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8.

RFD-TV is a leading independent cable channel available on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and many other rural cable systems. Reference your local listings for more information.

After the show, visit to find a complete collection of the videos online.

Thank you for the Support of the State 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging Teams on their International Judging Experience!


A sincere THANK YOU to everyone who supported the youth dairy judging teams headed to compete internationally this summer during the Heart of America Dairy Expo. Wether you purchased an item, bought tickets for the 50/50 raffle or gave an encouraging word or forwarded on your information for future contact you gesture did not go un-noticed!!

This weekend gave the teams a huge boost in their fundraising as they enter the home stretch to meet their goals! They will have a reception when they return to honor all of the donors and share their experiences!

Karla Deaver and Ted Probert 417-466-3102 or 417-741-6134 or

Click Here to View Letter and Sponsorship Card

Women In Dairy

January Meeting ~ At Heart of America Dairy Expo
Friday, January 19th at 11:00 AM

Calling all WOMEN IN DAIRY!! We had a great turnout for our January Heart of America Dairy Expo Speaker. Reagan introduces SamiJo Freeman of the Missouri Department of Agriculture

Panel: Experiences on Social Media.
Friday, January 19th, 11:00 AM - Heart of America Dairy Expo

Questions or to RSVP contact Reagan Bluel 41-847-3161, MU Dairy Extension

Sami Jo Freeman, Public Informaiton Specialist, MO Dept of Ag
Sami Jo gave us great direction on how to be intentional with our social media presence and how to ramp it up a bit!

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Winter Dairy Days


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Two opportunites this winter to get out and be with fellow dairymen. Questions or to RSVP contact Reagan below.

Reagan Bluel
University of Missouri - Dairy Specialist
417-847-3161 (office)
Questions or to RSVP contact Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161, MU Dairy Extension



Premium Reimbursement Deadline - Received by Feb 28!! Click here for the forms: Application and Guidelines. You will need proof of payment from your local FSA office. We have been told they have everything printed out and ready for you to stop by. But, don't delay!

Complete information can be found on the website at: MO Dept of Ag Website

Historical MPP margins are listed below.

Click here for historical MPP margins, will be updated monthly.

For those enrolled in the 2017 USDA Margin Protection Program,
November / December was $9.87

Historical MPP margins are listed below.

Click here for historical MPP margins, will be updated monthly.




Adult membership dues are a flat fee of $50.00 per herd prefix.
For each additional individual member per prefix, an additional $25.00 per person.
Those adult members who do not own cattle pay $25.00 per membership.
Junior members pay $5.00 per membership.
Removed from Holstein USA Membership March 15.
Late Fee of $10.00 per adult membership April 15 or later.

A paid State Membership will reduce your registration fees 
and other Holstein Service fees. State Memberships are renewed annually for both Adult & Junior Members.

JUNIORS: If you are a Junior only member (your parents are not state association members, and you wish to receive the Mid-States Magazine then you must include $5 additional (per family) with your junior dues in order to receive the Mid-States.

Membership registration forms are available for download - Click HERE.
Please send completed forms and a check payable
to Missouri Holstein Association to:

Missouri Holstein Association
Jodi Wright, Secretary/Treasurer
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

For questions or more information, email


Or you can PAY ONLINE (click here)


If you need a Missouri state member's phone, email
or address click on the link below.

2017 Missouri Membership List - By District

2017 Missouri Membership List - By Last Name



February 8 Monett Dairy Day
February 8, 9PM CST RFD-TV, Holstein Special
February 15 NHWSO Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application
February 19-23 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars
February 28 National Awards Due: Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, Distinguished Ladership. Find at under "Awards" then "Individuals".

March 15 Award Applications due - National Dairy Shrine

March 15 MHA Dues PAYABLE

March 16, 2018 MPP Dairy Scholars Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application

April 3 - 8 Southern Spring National, Stillwater
April 15 MHA Dues LATE and require additional $10/adult late fee

June 1 MHA Membership dues received after June 1 are not eligible for Association Sponsored Awards.

June 29 - July 3 National Holstein Convention, Michigan

National Holstein Convention 2012

Scholarship Listings

Dairy Shrine Scholarships

FFA Scholarships

Robthom Farm, Springfield, MO:

Groves-View Dairy

Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors:

Missouri Dairy Business Update:

Missouri Dairymen’s Resource Guide:

Genex Custom Collection Services:

Missouri Dairy Association:

Dairy Agenda Today: Classifieds-Post and search for everything farm related: livestock, feed and used equipment

We would like to link our Missouri Holstein Members that have a webpage of their own to the Missouri Holstein Page. Would you like to have your page linked up with ours? Contact Jodi Wright through the feedback form and I'll explain how it will work. We'd love to have everyone listed. There is no cost to you for this service.


Brad Groves
Phone: 417-880-7012

Vice President
Tommy Scrivner

Jodi Wright
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

Director at Large
Nelson Hostetler


Mid-States Editor
Kate Geppert
5803 Redwing Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202

National Director
Dwight Rokey
2021 F Road
Sabetha, Kansas 66534

Holstein Field Representative
Tim Ewing
4784 State Hwy PP
Fordland, MO 65652
417-818-MILK (6455)


If you would like more information on the following:

  • Cattle Available to Sell
  • Cattle Wanted to Buy
  • Consign cattle to State Sale
  • Request catalog for State Sale
  • Advertising in Mid-States Publication
  • Subscribing to Mid-States Publication
  • Senior Membership
  • Junior Membership
  • Show Entry forms
  • Information on Missouri Sho-Me Futurity
  • Want to advertise on Breeders Page on our website
  • Would like to link farm to Missouri Website
  • Other

Please email your request for information to the following email. Include the items you are interested in, your name, address, phone, and email.


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